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Support Needed to Boost Productivity and Potential

NIGERIA - The President of Nigeria's Catfish Farmers Association, Chief Tayo Akingbolagun, says that the government should provide an enabling environment for the business to thrive.

Nigeria's fish farmers are currently confronted with dire financial constraints, inadequate storage facilities and shortage of experienced veterinary doctors, factors that are impacting negatively on aquaculture, says report for Punch on the Web.

Chief Tayo has urged the government to provide educational programmes to yield qualified officials, who could then educate local farmers on fish farming and increase productivity and efficiency of a sector which has significant economic potential for the country - both national and local levels.

He appealed to the government to provide facilities for the production of fish feeds and fingerlings, noting that those being imported into the country were expensive and usually below standards - in fact Nigeria had become a dumping ground for substandard products.

CAFAN, a non-governmental organisation which was formed in 2004, was of the opinion that Nigeria lacked an efficient parent stock bank.

View the Punch on the Web story by clicking here.